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May 24, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda

Ollyn: National Championships Will Be Competitive Without Two Top Guns

Source: Antigua Observer A former national bodybuilding champion and a top competitor during the annual championships here, Ollyn Martin, has sought to allay public concerns over whether or not the absence of two suspended bodybuilders from next month’s National Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships, could negatively impact the quality of the event. Last…

Paragons and Stoneville retain titles

Source: Antigua Observer Paragons and Stoneville regained their female and male titles in the Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Volleyball Association (ABAVA) league over the weekend. Paragons, who ended their campaign undefeated with a 6-0 record, came back from two sets down to edge out powerhouse team, Jets, 3-2, in the female category. With…

Elites one win away from playoff title

Source: Antigua Observer After their 86-82 victory on Tuesday night at the JSC Sports Complex, Wadadli Elites now find themselves one win away from claiming the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division 3 playoffs title. Elites, who now lead the best of five series, 2-0 edged out F and G Trading Cuties…

Editorial: Tales of caution

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda has embarked on a journey to establish a university.  It is to be the fourth campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and will join Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago and Cave Hill in Barbados.  From what we can see, the…

Customs officers charged over illegal army clothing

Source: Antigua Observer A couple working at the Customs department at the V.C Bird International Airport was taken to court yesterday, charged with unlawful possession of camouflage clothing. Eugene Francis of Yorks and Laurel Jonas of Gunthorpes were represented by Michael Archibald and Warren Cassell. The latter said when the case is called…

Underwood hits PM, Hurst on Asot scandal

Source: Antigua Observer Former Ambassador and United Progressive Party Education Officer Joan Underwood has rubbished the Chief of Staff’s assertion that the latest scandal involving Asot Michael, will not harm Antigua and Barbuda’s reputation. Speaking to our newsroom this morning (Wednesday) Underwood said she doubted whether Hurst himself was really of that view.…

Zimbabwe begins process to re-join Commonwealth

Source: Antigua Chronicle Zimbabwe has applied to re-join the Commonwealth. The proposal came in a letter dated 15 May to Secretary-General Patricia Scotland from Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The Secretary-General was delighted to receive the letter.  “I whole-heartedly echo the sentiments of Heads of Government who have said twice, in 2009 and subsequently…

Sandals Foundation Erects Fence at Buckleys Primary School

Source: Antigua Chronicle Agricultural education at the Buckleys Primary School received much needed support thanks to the Sandals Foundation which has recently erected a 50ft by 50ft fence and gate around an agricultural plot on the school compound which is farmed by students. The project was executed as part of the Sandals Foundation…

Minister of Agriculture holds meeting with National Coalition of Farmers

Source: Antigua Chronicle The meeting was interactive as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, Hon. Dean Jonas met with the National Coalition of Farmers (NCF), at the Ministry’s headquarters yesterday (Tuesday). The group represented a wide cross section of the farming community. Minister Jonas was accompanied by Permanent Secretary Colin O’keiffe, Director…

Semifinalists Set For Battle In Cool & Smooth T20 Explosion

Source: Antigua Observer The four teams advancing to the semifinals of the ongoing Cool & Smooth T20 Explosion have been decided and all are looking to take home the grand prize of EC$20,000 by advancing to and winning the finals scheduled for Saturday at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. Defending champions, PIC…

Source: IOC/PASO meetings “fruitful”

Source: Antigua Observer The National Olympic Committee (NOC) will move to reconvene its postponed Annual General Meeting (AGM) by the end of June. This follows a recent visit by a joint IOC (International Olympic Committee) and PASO (Pan American Sports Organisation) delegation over the weekend, during which the two-member visiting team addressed a…

Scrumpum’s reign continues with Triple Crown victory

Source: Antigua Observer Thoroughbred Scrumpum continued his winning streak at the Cassada Garden’s Race Track, carrying his tally to six straight following a dominant performance in the first leg of the Antigua Turf Club’s (ATC) Antigua Triple Crown Series on Monday. Running in the Antigua Black Pineapple Stakes, Scrumpum, from God’s Grace Stables,…

FIFA asked to lift Peru skipper Guerrero’s suspension

Source: Antigua Observer The captains of Australia, Denmark and France have asked FIFA to lift the ban on Paolo Guerrero – the skipper of group rivals Peru – so he can play at this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Guerrero, who tested positive for prohibited substance cocaine in October – he says he…

Venezuela expels U.S. envoy in response to sanctions

Source: Antigua Observer CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela’s widely-condemned election.   The United States was among a string of countries that did not recognize Sunday’s vote. The 55-year-old successor to…

Wehner guilty, Lewis not guilty

Source: Antigua Observer Retired army captain George Wehner, has been found guilty of battery on Marvin Cuffy, whom he physically tried to remove from a meeting of the good governance advocacy group, The Movement, after the officer refused to comply with an order to turn off his cellular phone or leave. Wehner, a…

Barrel of drugs disappears, Customs officer detained

Source: Antigua Observer The police are questioning a junior Customs officer after a barrel of drugs disappeared from Customs cargo where it was being monitored for several days. The Customs officer was arrested on Friday after the police K-9 Unit discovered that the barrel was no longer in the storage unit and that…

Sanitation worker knocked down in Ottos

Source: Antigua Observer A garbage collector was this morning rushed to hospital after his colleague allegedly accidentally knocked him down with the disposal truck. The accident occurred shortly before 7 a.m. in Ottos, nearby Sunny Dale Primary School. A source told OBSERVER media the accident victim’s right leg was pinned under the vehicle and it…

Bowen sixth on all-time stakes list after Selene success 

Source: Antigua Observer AUBURN, Washington, (CMC) – Barbadian jockey Rocco Bowen won his 26th added-money race at Emerald Downs when he produced a strong late charge aboard 6-5 choice Ima Happy Cat to win the U.S. $50 000 Selene Stakes here Sunday. Going six furlongs, he stalked the pace-setter and favourite Bella Mia before…

Flyers and Stingerz to meet in semi-finals

Source: Antigua Observer Former champions, Flyers Basketball, and powerhouse team, LJ Northside Stingerz, will meet in the semi-finals of the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division 1 playoffs. Both teams secured their spots after closing out their respective best of three series with a 2-0 record. Stingerz who was the first team…

Full series still on schedule, assures Grave

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Cricket West Indies chief executive, Johnny Grave, says no decision has been taken to reduce matches for Sri Lanka’s three-Test tour of the Caribbean. Media reports on Saturday said with CWI experiencing a cash crunch, a Test was likely to be sacrificed in favour of a…

Agriculture minister refutes claims of land giveaway

Source: Antigua Observer The Agriculture Minister Dean Jonas is puzzled by the controversy that’s being stirred up around a pending agricultural project with a Chinese firm. The draft document speaks of the Chinese getting two thousand acres of land in Barbuda and the same quantity in Antigua. It’s this sizeable allocation that has…

Protecting paints in Caricom

Source: Antigua Observer Paints are to be protected under the revised CARICOM treaty. This was announced during a news conference at the end of a meeting of the Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED) conference, attended by regional trade and economic affairs ministers recently. CARICOM members Guyana and Suriname agreed to join…

More details emerge on drowning

Source: Antigua Observer The police have interviewed a number of witnesses who were out on a tour with Dexter Joseph on Saturday when he drowned, but there’s still uncertainty as to what really happened. The 40-year-old father of two was on a cruise with friends at the time, but it is still unclear…

Suspected drowning at beach

Source: Antigua Observer A father of two allegedly drowned shortly after noon Saturday, while he was out with friends on a tour near Turners Beach. Dexter Joseph, who is said to be in his 40s, had gone out on a tour boat and it is unclear whether he went into the water for a…

EDITORIAL: The PM’s take on de-risking

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne recently released a 24-page report on the topic of de-risking, entitled “Ending De-Risking in the Caribbean. Eliminating Risks for the World.” In it, he highlights, “Ten Practical Ideas for International Co-operation to Maintain the Caribbean’s Inclusion in the Global Financial and Trading System,” and it is…

UPP says CIP expansion is foolhardy

Source: Antigua Observer The government’s plan to create a fourth investment option for the Citizenship by Investment Programme, (CIP) at a cost of $150,000 is foolhardy, according to the United Progressive Party’s (UPP) Damani Tabor. Senator Tabor argued that few will find the new option attractive when they could get citizenship for $100,000. “Everything…

RSS donates equipment for training ‘1735’ inmates

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda is the first country in the region to benefit from an initiative by the Regional Security System (RSS) that is intended to curb the incidence of people becoming repeat prison inmates. This initiative commenced on Thursday morning with a brief handing over ceremony in which Superintendent of…

Proposed bill to better handle sexual harassment in the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (Impact Justice) Regional Project Director, Velma Newton, is proposing a bill to specifically deal with sexual harassment. Newton believes that sexual harassment is not handled comprehensively or taken as seriously as it should be in the Caribbean. She disclosed this information in an…

Guyana defends contract with US-oil giant

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 18, CMC – The Guyana government Friday defended its decision to delay the release of oil blocks given to the US-based oil giant, ExxonMobil in its concession offshore Guyana, saying it did so in the interest of national security. Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman told the Parliamentary…

Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s bloc wins Iraq election

Source: Antigua Observer BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A political bloc led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday.   Sadr himself cannot become prime minister as he did not run…

PM Browne tells regional CIP operators not to rest on their laurels

Source: Antigua Chronicle Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has told regional Citizenship by Investment Programme operators that they should not rest on their laurels now that the programmes are highly respected around the world. Prime Minister Browne was speaking at the two-day Caribbean Investment Summit in Saint Kitts and Nevis on Thursday.  The…

UPP will allow people to vote conscience

Source: Antigua Observer The Opposition United Progressive Party says it would not seek to thwart the government’s planned referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice as Antigua and Barbuda’s final appellate court. The party’s political leader, Harold Lovell however says, the party still holds its original position about the scope of any planned…

Proposed Chinese agriculture project, ‘very troubling’

Source: Antigua Observer Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Candidate, Gameal Joyce, has expressed concern about the vagueness of the proposed agricultural development project with the Chinese. Having an interest in agriculture, Joyce highlighted sections of the project draft which he found to be unclear. His concerns came to light in an interview on OBSERVER…

Editorial: Importing pests and diseases

Source: Antigua Observer Okay, so we have a problem, and it primarily relates to our food security. More specifically, it relates to the protection of our local production from outside pests and diseases that can devastate our small gains in food production. According to the head of the Plant Protection Unit (PPU), Dr.…

HAMAFilms Antigua touches the Caribbean Dolphin’s Dilemma

Source: Antigua Observer St. John’s, ANTIGUA (May 15, 2018) – A poignant reminder that people with purpose are powerful is one of the central themes in Dolphin Dilemma – The Antigua and Barbuda Story, a new documentary produced by HAMAFilms Antigua for the Antigua and Barbuda Independent Tourism Promotion Corporation (ABITPC). Set in 2004, Dolphin Dilemma…

Agriculture workers temporarily relocated

Source: Antigua Observer Agriculture Extension Division workers have been temporarily relocated to the boardroom of the P.D.O. building on Valley Road while their workplace is being sanitized. The decision was made following this week’s meeting with Ministry of Agriculture officials. On May 11, more than a dozen disgruntled workers at the Agriculture Extension…

CARICOM calls for restraint in Israel-Palestine conflict

Source: Antigua Observer The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has called for restraint in the use of force and for a halt to an “unacceptable escalation of death and violence” in the Israel-Palestine conflict. In a statement Thursday, the regional body said it condemns the use of force by the Israel Defence Force firing on…

VP welcomes IOC/PASO visit

Source: Antigua Observer Vice President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), Wilbur Harrigan, has described a pending visit from a joint International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) committee as being both good and bad for the organisation here. Harrigan, who has been at loggerheads with sitting NOC President, E.P.…

Editorial: CIP – Bitcoin Cash accepted here

Source: Antigua Observer There has been some interesting moves over on the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) front.  Cabinet announced that a new option will be introduced to fund Antigua and Barbuda’s proposed university at Five Islands and according to coinbase.com and coingeek.com, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) will now be accepted for a specific…

Work on Bethesda solar energy plant to resume

Source: Antigua Observer The information minister said the Cabinet is hoping to have work at the solar panel farm in Bethesda resume. Work was halted after the government insisted on renegotiating. Melford Nicholas said during yesterday’s post-Cabinet briefing that the company made a request for advance payment. “After we had received the considerable…

Rats and roaches take over Solid Waste office

Source: Antigua Observer Workers from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) are lamenting that they are working in unsanitary conditions at the Sir George Walter Highway building, which they say is infested with cockroaches and rats. According to one worker, who asked not to be named for fear of being victimised, the…

ONDCP arrests All Saints residents with Cannabis and Cash

Source: Antigua Observer On Tuesday, 15th May 2018, the ONDCP intercepted a Dominican male and an Antiguan female, both residents of All Saints, with illicit drugs during another successful counter-narcotic operation. The 49-year-old male and the 33-year-old female were detained and questioned. A search warrant was subsequently executed on a residence in the…

Antigua and Barbuda Participates in the 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda participated in the 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean held last weekend in Havana, Cuba under the mantra “Caribbean First”. The membership gathered for the fulfillment of two main objectives, namely consideration of the most pressing economic and social development issues for the countries…

Over Three Hundred Thousand Dollars Worth of Drugs Found

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Tuesday, 15th May 2018, the ONDCP intercepted a Dominican male and an Antiguan female, both residents of All Saints, with illicit drugs during another successful counter-narcotic operation. The 49-year-old male and the 33-year-old female were detained and questioned. A search warrant was subsequently executed on a residence in the…

Farewell for CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron

Source: Antigua Observer Members of the legal and regional legal fraternity are meeting in Antigua at a special sitting of the Caribbean Court of Justice to bid farewell to its president Sir Dennis Byron. Sir Dennis, who is 74 years old and who will be 75 in July, has been president of the…

Caribana to be postponed?

Source: Antigua Observer Chairman of the Caribana Committee, Yanick Beazer, feels that protocol has been overlooked by the Tourism and Culture Committee as he was not invited to a meeting held to discuss the plans for Caribana 2018. In an exclusive interview with OBSERVER media Beazer said: “[Chairperson of the Tourism and Culture…

Asot Resigns from Cabinet

Source: Antigua Observer Scandal-hit Asot Michael, Minister of Investment and Trade, resignedfrom Cabinet yesterday, amid allegations that he demanded money from property tycoon, British investor, Peter Virdee. It was just after noon when Michael’s resignation was made public following what was described as hours of deliberation in Cabinet on Monday and Tuesday. According…

Police investigate death threats against suspended top cop

Source: Antigua Observer The police have confirmed that they are investigating alleged death threats against suspended Commissioner of Police Wendel Robinson. Atley Rodney, acting Commissioner of Police, told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday, that police are indeed probing the matter and Robinson is being provided with additional security as the investigation…

Editorial: Full disclosure on public business

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda is in the international news again! This time, it is with regards to the recent court judgment and latest round of allegations against Peter Virdee, the British businessman who has been accused of being involved in a complex £43 million Value Added Tax (VAT) fraud, consisting of…

Anthony Stuart calls for Asot to resign as MP

Source: Antigua Observer Executive member of the Democratic National Alliance Anthony Stuart said that he is not satisfied that Asot Michael has resigned from the Cabinet and is demanding he follows up with a resignation as the member of parliament for St. Peter. Stuart who earlier called on Gaston Browne, the prime minister,…

Asot Michael resigns but undaunted: Vows to fight on

Source: Antigua Chronicle Asot Michael, the Parliamentary Representative of St Peter’s, has announced that he has submitted a letter of resignation as a Minister to Prime Minister Gaston Browne, effective from 15 May 2018. In his letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Michael stated: “I am aware that recent media reports, emerging from…

Embattled Minister- Asot Michael, Resigns from Cabinet

Source: Antigua Chronicle Following the reports of alleged bribery involving Caribbean Ministers, member of Parliament, the Hon. Asot Michael has mutually agreed to resign and “immediately demit his executive office”, according to a letter withdrawing the appointment of the Honorable Asot Michael. According to sources within the Office of the Prime Minister, PM…

Asot Resigns

Source: Antigua Observer The Minister of Investment and Trade Asot Michael has resigned. Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the decision was taken this morning, after hours of discussion. The Prime Minister wrote to the Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams, telling him he has accepted Michael’s resignation. Michael is facing fresh allegations that while…

Coolers push to Game 3, Stingerz finish second

Source: Antigua Observer The 2018 Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division two League champions, Ottos Coolers kept their playoffs hope alive on Sunday night at the JSC Sports Complex as they defeated Callaloo Cay Old Road Daggers, 64-61 in their Game two encounter. The young and vibrant team who were in a…

Editorial: About to eat from our pot

Source: Antigua Observer If you have followed our Internet gaming saga with the United States of America, you would know a lot of the details. But for those who do not, we will give the shortest summation that we can. Approximately 15 years ago, we asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to intervene…

Police involved in witchcraft?

Source: Antigua Observer Two policemen have accused a colleague of practicing obeah, and in their complaint, they have also expressed concern about working with him where they are all assigned – the Parham Police Station. The troubled officers made the report yesterday following an incident which they claimed occurred at the Station shortly…

Antigua and Barbuda makes historic “rasta” report to OAS

Source: Antigua Observer Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States (OAS), yesterday made an historic address to the Permanent Council of the OAS on the apology of the country’s prime minister to the Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination against them.   Ambassador Sanders  also…

Rape complainant cries for justice

Source: Antigua Observer It’s exactly one year to the date when a 19-year-old woman reported she was brutally raped after being kidnapped by her attackers who are police officers, and she is now lamenting police inaction. Yesterday, OBSERVER media spoke with the woman, who cannot be named as stipulated in the Sexual Offences…

PSC still out of the loop on top cop case

Source: Antigua Observer Up to late yesterday, no notice of legal action had been served by the court on the Police Service Commission (PSC) and its lawyer, Dr. David Dorsett, with regards to action taken by Commissioner of Police, Wendel Robinson, over his suspension. The attorney told OBSERVER media yesterday that he learned…

Witchcraft at Parham Police Station?

Source: Antigua Observer One of the three officers accusing the suspended Commissioner of Police of making unwanted sexual advances towards him, is being accused of practising obeah.   Several of the officer’s colleagues made an official report of the matter this morning, claiming they walked in on him committing the act at the…

UK Pleased with Road Works Progress

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne met with the Head of Office for the United Kingdom Department for International Development, Mrs. Colleen Wainwright to speak on a number of issues-the Road Rehabilitation Programme being key among them. Recently, the government of the United Kingdom through the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership…

Minister Greene speaks towards harmonization of foreign policy amongst CARICOM Member States6

Source: Antigua Chronicle On 8th May, 2018, Antigua and Barbuda participated in the 21st Meeting of the Council of Community and Foreign Relations (COFCOR) held in Nassau, Bahamas. The Honourable E.P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration participating in his first COFCOR Meeting remarked on the importance of harmonizing and coordinating…

Suspended cop and mom get bail on fraud charges

Source: Antigua Observer Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John and his mother, Yvonne Nickie, were each granted  $50,000 bail this morning when they were taken to court on multiple fraud related charges. John, who has been on suspension since April 13, and his mother, were each required to fork up $10,000 cash and get…

Suspended Police Officer Ray John Charged with Five Counts

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police have now charged 47 year old Ray Anthony John and 63 year old Yvonne Nickie both of Gunthropes jointly, with five counts of Conspiracy to Forge Antigua and Barbuda Passports, Contrary to Common Law. John was further charged with the larceny of 54 Multi-Layered Infilling Sheets and one Multi-Layered…

Suspended cop and mom accused of fraud to seek bail today

Source: Antigua Observer The senior officer and his mother who have been jointly charged with conspiracy to commit fraud are being processed to be escorted to court this morning. Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray Anthony John and his mother Yvonne Nickie of Gunthropes were jointly charged today with five counts of conspiracy to…

Ray John charged

Source: Antigua Observer Police have charged suspended assistant superintendent of police, Ray Anthony John, and 63-year-old Yvonne Nickie both of Gunthropes with five counts of conspiracy to forge Antigua and Barbuda Passports, Contrary to Common Law. John,47, was further charged with the larceny of 54 Multi Layered Infilling Sheets and one Multi Layered…

Antigua and Barbuda to give report on Rastafarians

Source: Antigua Observer The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is expected to provide a report today  to the Organisation of American States (OAS)  on its measures to improve the rights of the Rastafarian community. Ambassador to the United States and the OAS, Sir Ronald Sanders, will address the Permanent Council of the OAS…

MP Michael denies bribery suggestions in U.K. case

Source: Antigua Observer Former energy minister in Antigua and Barbuda, MP Asot Michael denies seeking bribes as is suggested in secretly taped telephone calls of property tycoon, Peter Singh Virdee, who made reference to Michael begging for money/kickbacks for a deal in Antigua. According to the Daily Mail in the U.K, Virdee has…

DRIVERS WANTED

Source: Antigua Chronicle   App Developer Brings Uber-like Service to Antigua with PayCab. PayCab, a location-based mobile application inspired by Uber technology is being introduced to Antigua. The new mobile app, created by Pivot Technology puts the convenience of safe vehicular mobility and access to islanders in the palm of their hands. The developer…

TUC mum on future with the teacher’s union

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Trade Union Congress (TUC) is refusing to speak publicly about the future of its relationship with the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (A&BUT), following the teacher’s union boycott on Labour Day and further indication that both unions may soon have to part ways. Joanne Peters,…

Editorial: A colossal failure?

Source: Antigua Observer Ah, education! One of our favourite topics. One of our most vexing but favourite, nonetheless. Just over two years ago, we praised the government for the planned rollout of the e-textbooks initiative. We had and continue to have lots of questions but the initiative warranted our support, and we gladly…

CXC comes under fire from teachers’ union

Source: Antigua Observer Harsh criticisms have been made about the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)  by the president of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers. Noting that he is not too fond of the examination body, Ashworth Azille said that CXC continues to demand a whole lot from regional countries, but deliver little.…

Agriculture Extension workers strike for better conditions

Source: Antigua Observer Disgruntled workers at Agriculture Extension Division abandoned their desks yesterday morning to protest against unsanitary working conditions. OBSERVER media arrived on the scene of the protest in front of the office building opposite King George V Grounds shortly after 10 o’clock to find about 17 workers chanting for change, some…

Suspended top cop advances legal action

Source: Antigua Observer Wendel Robinson, the suspended Commissioner of Police, has followed through on a threat of legal action against the Police Service Commission and Attorney General. Robinson wants reversed, his suspension which took effect on April 5 pending the outcome of a yet-to-commence probe into his alleged inappropriate conduct towards three male…

Jamaica’s Most Wanted Nabbed in Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer One of Jamaica’s most wanted fugitives was nabbed in Antigua at V.C Bird International Airport on Friday. Twenty-three year old Fitzroy Andre Coore was apprehended during a joint operation between Police and Immigration officials at the airport on Friday. He had just disembarked Liat flight #317 from St. Kitts, where…

Ruling party defends policy on university fees

Source: Antigua Observer The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has defended its decision to stop paying tuition fees for nationals studying at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Education Minister Ronald Jones, speaking at a public meeting of the party on Thursday night, said that at one stage, the Barbados government had…

National basketballer escapes serious injuries

Source: Antigua Observer National basketballer Coy Quinland was rushed to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre with non-life threatening injuries when he was thrown from a car that flipped yesterday morning. The police said Quinland was the sole occupant of his vehicle and was travelling eastward on Sir Sydney Walling Highway when he…

Cabinet dismisses GABATCO’s cry for attention

Source: Antigua Observer The Cabinet has dismissed cries from the Guild of Antigua and Barbuda Air Traffic Controller (GABATCO) as nothing more than a false alarm claiming that renovation and repairs have been ongoing for some time. During Monday’s Labour Day Rally, an executive member of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU)…

Western Union closes indefinitely

Source: Antigua Observer All workers from at least three of five branches of Western Union have been sent home for an indefinite period as the company was forced to close the sub-stations in Antigua to allow for a system upgrade. That’s according to a source close to the matter, who told OBSERVER media…

Teachers demand better public school internet

Source: Antigua Observer Public school teachers are reminding the government how critical internet connectivity is to the teacher and learning process. Ashworth Azille, president of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (A&BUT) said yesterday, that officials within the Ministry of Education communicate to teacher and administrative staff at the various schools via…

E-textbook, a “colossal failure’ if changes are not made

Source: Antigua Observer The government’s electronic textbook initiative is at great risk of becoming a “colossal failure” if changes are not made immediately to the content that is provided to teachers and students. President of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (A&BUT) Ashworth Azille made the assertion yesterday while delivering the State…

R Kelly: Spotify removes singer from playlists

Source: Antigua Observer Spotify has removed R Kelly from its playlists as part of a new “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy. Users of the streaming service will still be able to find the R&B singer’s music, but Spotify will no longer actively promote it. His music will be removed from all Spotify-owned…

All should be involved in mosquito eradication

Source: Antigua Observer Chief Health Inspector, Sharon Martin said all the people in Antigua and Barbuda have a social responsibility to prevent mosquito breeding. “Every member of society must be aware of how mosquitoes breed and the dangers involved with mosquito breeding and their presence in our communities,” Martin stressed on OBSERVER Radio…

Injury plagues Kiteboarder

Source: Antigua Observer Local kiteboarder, Tiger Tyson, finished a disappointing 16th at the recently concluded Slalom Youth World Championship title on China’s tropical island of Hainan. The Twin Tape Racing (TT:R) competition which ran from May 4 to May 8, served as the final stage for Youth Olympic Games (YOG) qualifiers. Tyson who…

No bail for duo accused of dangerous driving

Source: Antigua Observer Two men, who were recently charged with dangerous driving, were denied bail when they appeared in Traffic Court yesterday before Magistrate Dexter Wason. Kenroy Samuel, 35, of All Saints was slapped with the charge after the vehicle that he was driving collided with an SUV in the vicinity of Dee’s…

Three gun-toting robbers jailed

Source: Antigua Observer Two men jointly convicted of armed robbery have been sentenced to 18 years in jail, while their accomplice, a third man, was sentenced to a little more than half that time after he turned witness against one of the others. The convicts are Deandre Henry and Katamwa Bright who each…

Ovals stun Rebels to take Game 1, Coolers advance to semis

Source: Antigua Observer F and G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays II stunned Antigua Home and Office Depot Rebels on Tuesday night at the JSC Sports Complex to take Game one in their best of three semi-finals encounter. The Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division 2 play-offs match-up went down to the wire…

Is six years enough for sex predator?

Source: Antigua Observer Having sex with a teen under the age of consent will cost Katamwa Bright his freedom for the next six years. Bright, who was 22 years old when he committed the crime in 2014, was sentenced in the High Court today. Justice Iain Morley said the evidence showed the incident…

Antigua signs partnership with China

Source: Antigua Observer The Ministry of Agriculture will be working closely with a Chinese-based agricultural firm to develop the local sector through the use of technology. The three-year project with the Chinese-based Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture Company (LPHT) and the government of Antigua and Barbuda was signed during a brief ceremony yesterday at…

Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers defends boycott

Source: Antigua Observer Although a part of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), members of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers(ABUT) boycotted the TUC march/rally on Labour Day. President of ABUT, Ashworth Azille, explained the reason for the absence of the union at the proceedings, in an interview on OBSERVER AM.  Azille said:…

No bail for murder accused

Source: Antigua Observer Accused murderer, Earlsfield James, was denied bail and has been remanded to prison following his first court appearance before Chief Magistrate, Joanne Walsh, on Tuesday. He is one of three people accused of killing Kemmoy Jeffers almost two weeks ago at Fort Road. Jeffers’ body was discovered on April 27…

ADC seeing better times

Source: Antigua Observer The financial situation at the government-run Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) at Diamonds Estate, has improved significantly, according to Chairman of the Board, Randy Baltimore. ADC produces mainly food for the local market and also acts as a support system for farmers. “The situation has improved drastically, no worker will be…

No lawsuit yet from top cop

Source: Antigua Observer There has been “no response” yet to the Police Service Commission’s letter to suspended Commissioner of Police, Wendel Robinson, who threatened to sue the state if his April 13 written demand for his reinstatement on or before April 20, was not met. Dr. David Dorsett, who represents the commission, told…

Missing Boy Found

Source: Antigua Observer Police reported that 15yr-old Yolfri Michael Rijo Valdez of Gilpin’s Avenue, Grays Farm is found and is in good health. Further details as to his whereabouts will be provided later. Further investigations are ongoing. Link: Missing Boy Found

Drivers charged for separate dangerous driving crashes

Source: Antigua Observer Two men are to appear in court this afternoon charged with dangerous driving in connection with two separate accidents over the weekend. Brad Kadeem Samuel, 25, of Yorks, is the motorist whose vehicle crashed into the glass doors of Cost Pro Supermarket Friday night, narrowly missing a woman who was walking out…

James Remanded to HMP

Source: Antigua Observer Earlfred James, the third person to have been charged in the alleged murder of Kemmoy Jeffers, has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. The upper Fort Road resident made his first appearance in Court (today) Tuesday, before Chief Magistrate Walsh, and was denied bail. Committal proceeding is set for 28th…

Help us find this missing boy

Source: Antigua Observer The police, along with family members 15-year-old Yolfri Michael Rijo Valdez of Gilpin’s Avenue, need the assistance of the public in finding him. The second form student of Christian Faith Academy apparently left home sometime on Saturday 5th May. He was reportedly seen in the vicinity of a bar on…

Sand mining continues; destruction continues

Source: Antigua Observer Marine Biologist and environmentalist, John Mussington, is frustrated and disappointed that the government continues to conduct sand mining on Barbuda after numerous complaints. “It’s basically a situation where nothing, apparently, anyone in the general public says, can dissuade the authorities from continuing the destruction,” Mussington told OBSERVER media after reports…

Woman critical after vehicular accident

Source: Antigua Observer A Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) supervisor, Yvonne Richards, is currently in a critical condition at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, after a vehicular collision on Old Parham Road. The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday as Richards was traveling from work to her home in Parham. According to…

Brathwaite still on bench as Sunrisers top standings

Source: Antigua Observer  Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday won their eighth match in 10 outings to top the Indian Premier League standings but not for the first time this season, West Indies Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite played no part. The 29-year-old big-hitting all-rounder, best known for his six-hitting exploits in the Twenty20 World Cup…

Funds Secured to Boost Teacher Development

Source: Antigua Observer The Ministry of Education and the Organisation of American States signed a contract on Friday that will provide financing for the further development of teachers in Antigua and Barbuda. The agreement will allow the ministry to draw down on U.S. $83,000 through the OAS Development Corporation Fund. Minister of Education…

Five arrested in major drug bust

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 7, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Monday said they had seized cocaine with more than TT$34 million (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) at the Piarco International Airport late last month. The police in a statement said that five people including two people…

CARICOM foreign ministers meeting in Bahamas

Source: Antigua Observer NASSAU, Bahamas, May 7, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers began a two day meeting here Monday amid calls for closer unity in tackling the various global issues confronting the 15-member grouping. Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Allan Henefield told the opening ceremony that the 21st meeting of the Council…

Trump to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON/ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would announce a decision on Tuesday about the future of an international nuclear agreement with Iran, as Tehran hinted it might stay in the 2015 accord even if Washington pulls out.   Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the deal,…

Driver in Cost Pro crash to be charged

Source: Antigua Observer The driver of the car that crashed into Cost Pro Supermarket last night, is in custody. The head of the Police Traffic Department, Inspector Elson Quammie also says man was taken to the St. John’s Police Station, soon after the accident. The man is a 25-year-old-resident of Yorks and is…

No coins from ECCB for Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank – the ECCB – is unable to provide Antigua and Barbuda with coins. That’s according to a notice that has been posted for almost two months in Epicurean, one of the country’s biggest supermarkets. When Observer Media contacted the deputy governor of the ECCB, Trevor…

Doha Worlds to include mixed relay and midnight marathons

Source: Antigua Observer The 2019 World Championships in Doha will culminate in a 4x400m mixed relay, the International Association of Athletics Federations has announced. The event will make its global debut before its Olympic bow at Tokyo 2020. The IAAF also announced the men’s and women’s marathons will begin at midnight, and morning…

Editorial: Fixing Barbuda and perceptions

Source: Antigua Observer The Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), Philmore Mullin, recently stated, “It is unfortunate that we now have to resort to paying people to clean up their own country, to clean up the island. I am not for it…” Mullin’s statements were in response to the proposed…

Barbuda consultation too contentious: PM

Source: Antigua Observer The prime minister said that any attempts to consult with the Barbuda people over the Land Act issue would be futile given the resolute stance of the Barbuda member of Parliament. Speaking in Parliament during the debate to repeal the Barbuda Land Act, PM Gaston Browne responded to calls for…

Dr. Ralph Gonsalves: ‘Citizenship, not a commodity for sale’

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, firmly believes that citizenship should not be for sale. “The highest office in the land is that of citizen, higher than governor general, higher than prime minister, it’s not for sale,” Dr. Gonsalves stressed. “It’s not a commodity for…

Mistaken for a drive-through supermarket?

Source: Antigua Observer The driver of this vehicle sped onto the curb and crashed into Cost Pro supermarket some time after 9 o’clock tonight. Staff told OBSERVER media that no one was injured and the crash did not interrupt business for any long period. Onlookers gathered inside and outside the 24-hour supermarket as…

James Charged with Murder

Source: Antigua Observer Police have now charged Earlsfield James of Upper Fort with murder. He is the third person to be charged in connection with the alleged murder of Kemmoy Jeffers of Fort Road, a week ago. Having been on the run for almost a week, James surrendered himself on Thursday at St.…

Probe continues into cop and passport documents

Source: Antigua Observer The police have done yet another search of the home of suspended Acting Superintendent of Police, Ray John, as they continue to investigate a suspected crime involving Antigua and Barbuda passports.   The operation, which involved local lawmen and officers from St. Vincent, was conducted on Wednesday, and more items were…

Guyanese company ordered to pay millions to architect firm

Source: Antigua Observer The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Friday ordered the Guyana-based New Building Society Ltd to pay an architect firm more than GUY$15 million (One Guyana dollar=US$0.004 cents) for services provided in relation to the construction of its new headquarters. The CCJ, which is the country’s highest court, discharged a…

Electoral Commission demands party financing reports

Source: Antigua Observer A fine of $2,000 will be imposed on all political parties and candidates who failed to meet the six-week deadline to turn in their election campaign financing reports. Counting from March 21, the date of general elections this year, the time for submission has passed and according to the main…

‘Media bullies’ encouraged to be fearless

Source: Antigua Observer “We have seen it a lot over the last four years… attempts to coward journalists, calling them media-bullies. It’s intended to just enforce that intimidation and fear-climate that government wants to instill in the people of this country and it is disgraceful, it is shameful, and I just encourage persons…

Government to provide funding for Caribana 2018

Source: Antigua Observer The government has approved an undisclosed sum of money to go towards the execution of Barbuda’s Caribana. A scaled-down version of the event will be held from May 9-21. The last day will be observed as Whit Monday. When asked to provide a figure, Melford Nicholas, information minister, told reporters…

Ten injured in early morning crash

Source: Antigua Observer Ten construction workers were rushed to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre after they were involved in a traffic accident while heading to work on Thursday. A source from the hospital who was not authorised to speak to the media told OBSERVER media that the injured men complained of pain…

Financial crimes workshop underway for judges and prosecutors

Source: Antigua Observer The Chairman of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (C-FAT-F) Basil Williams says the work of judges and prosecutors is crucial to ensuring institutions are stable, transparent and effective and that the rule of law is followed. He says these are pillars of effective anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing…

BARBUDAN STATUS – TENNANTS OR SQUATTERS

Source: Antigua Chronicle Known for its traditional land communal practice, Barbuda’s population of 1, 500 and combined national population of ‘…84, 316 people are mostly of African descent’ [Census: 2011]. The social life of residents not only speaks to a communal tradition of longevity, but also a political climate that in recent times,…

Child-friendly Space Created in Barbuda Shelter

Source: Antigua Chronicle As part of the Post-Irma response and recovery, the Hon. Minister, Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development, Samantha N. Marshall, commissioned the establishment of a child-friendly space within the shelter through the Directorate of Gender Affairs, Antigua Barbuda. The mural was painted by young Barbudans, art students from the Christ the…

Accident leaves construction workers injured

Source: Antigua Observer Almost a dozen construction workers were rushed to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre after the truck they were travelling in ran off the Half Moon Bay Hill Road. The Strategic Communications Office of the Police Force says that at about 7 a.m. today Cebert Benjamin of All Saints village…

Dialogue before changing the law says opposition leader

Source: Antigua Observer The leader of the Opposition United Progressive Party, Jamale Pringle, has joined the Barbuda MP in calling on the government to consult before repealing the Barbuda Land Act. In his debut debate in the Lower House this morning (Thursday), Pringle said that the change to the system of land use…

Breaking news: Murder Suspect Surrenders

Source: Antigua Chronicle Earlsfield “Earlfred” James of Upper Fort Road, who is wanted in connection with the alleged murder of Kemmoy Jeffers of Fort Road is now in Police Custody. James surrendered himself at the St. John’s Police Station around 1:50 a.m today (Thursday). He was accompanied by family members. Link: Breaking news:

Murder suspect surrenders

Source: Antigua Observer Earlsfield “Earlfred” James of Upper Fort, who was wanted in connection with the alleged murder of kemmoy Jeffers of Fort Road is now in police custody. James surrendered himself to the St. John’s Police Station around 1:50 am on Thursday. The police say he was accompanied by family members. Link:

Wanted murder suspect urged to surrender

Source: Antigua Observer The police are making a fresh appeal for Earlsfield “Earlfred ” James of Upper Fort Road to surrender himself immediately. The Dominican national, who is a suspect in an ongoing murder investigation, has been on the run since the incident.  He is one of three people allegedly involved in the…

‘Barbuda is in a much better shape’

Source: Antigua Observer With the level of work completed thus far, the island of Barbuda should be better prepared to withstand future natural disasters. Philmore Mullin, Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), expressed that level of confidence during an interview yesterday. He said that while a serious hurricane could once…

Shelter Drama – who is telling the truth?

Source: Antigua Observer A Barbudan educator this week publicly disagreed with Melford Nicholas, information minister, that a shelter on Barbuda that is empty has all the requirements to adequately accommodate 30 people. The minister, who spoke in Parliament on Monday, suggested that the shelter was empty because there are many displaced Barbudans living…

Sir Dennis says goodbye in 14 days

Source: Antigua Observer A date has been announced for the departure of the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice and it is just around the corner. On May 16, Sir Dennis Byron will step down, ending his seven-year tenure at the helm of the regional court. The tenure of president, according to…

JAMAICA-CRIME-Gunmen go on killing spree

Source: Antigua Observer At least two children were shot and killed as gunmen went on a rampage in the Westmoreland, Jamaica’s westernmost parish on Tuesday in what the parliamentary representative described as “mayhem”. Police said that two boys, ages two and 10 years-old, were shot and killed as the security forces were kept…

JUMBY BAY Homeowners donate to Clarevue Hospital

Source: Antigua Chronicle The tradition continues for the Jumby Bay Home Owners Association as the group made another timely donation to the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital via the Jumby Bay Fund on Monday. The donation, which is valued at over forty thousand EC was handed over by Mark Reid, one of the homeowners on…

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA WELCOMES NEW MEXICAN AMBASSADOR

Source: Antigua Chronicle His Excellency Oscar Esparza-Vargas, Ambassador of the United Mexican States, on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Ambassador Esparza-Vargas is based in Saint Lucia, and is accredited to the Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Prime…

Over 30K Up For Grabs In Cool & Smooth T20 Explosion

Source: Antigua Observer The Cool & Smooth T20 Explosion will, for a fifth straight year, put close to $40,000 in prize monies on the line when eight teams compete for top honours in the now popular competition planned for May 14-26 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. This is according to one…

Courtney Walsh: National cricket boards can do more

Source: Antigua Observer Former West Indies fast bowler, Courtney Walsh, believes that more can be done at the territorial level to improve the standard of cricket in the region. The Jamaican, while speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show here, said he is not convinced that all national boards in the Caribbean…

Tennis Association to host Junior Invitational tournament

Source: Antigua Observer An 11-member contingent will contest the upcoming Caribbean Jr. Invitational at the National Tennis Centre in Antigua from May 4-8. Seven girls: Ariel Kelsick, Brasha Dyer, Aysha Hosam, Sydney Kentish, Janae George Alexander, Zoe James and Sanjita Raghu, and four boys – Jaiden Julien, Jaydon Marcano, Xaveek Toppin and Justyn…

Windies slump to historic low in Test rankings

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – West Indies have slumped to ninth in the latest International Cricket Council Test rankings, a historic low for the Caribbean side in the game’s longest format. In the rankings released by the ICC on Tuesday, the Windies lost five ratings points to tumble to 67 and are…

Beaton slapped with international ban after failing assessment

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – West Indies speedster Ronsford Beaton’s career was left under a cloud Tuesday after he was suspended by the International Cricket Council from bowling in international cricket. The 25-year-old was reported for a suspect bowling action following the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Christchurch last December…

Two hundred roofs repaired on Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle Two hundred homes on the sister-isle Barbuda with damage ranging from levels 1 to 3 have had their roofs repaired so far. That’s according to Operations Officer for the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), Major Alando Michael. Major Michael notes that presently there are ten contractors on the ground and…

BVI critical of proposed UK legislation

Source: Antigua Observer ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands, May 1, CMC – The British Virgin islands (BVI) Tuesday appealed to United Kingdom legislators to re-think their positions regarding new legislation that could seriously affect the future socio-economic development of the British Overseas Territory (BOT). BVI chief diplomat Benito Wheatley has told UK government…

Government launches new initiative to help curb crime

Source: Antigua Observer NASSAU, Bahamas, May 1, CMC – The Bahamas government has the National Neighbourhood Watch Council (NNWC) as part of a comprehensive plan aimed at preventing and reducing the incidence of crime on the island. “Tonight, with the overwhelming support of numerous stakeholders, we are now delivering on this promise. The…

TWO CHARGED WITH JEFFERS' MURDER

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police have so far charged two people in connection with the murder of 31 year old Kemmoy Jeffers of Fort Road. Clarence Ira Thomas, 63 years and 29 year old Raeleen Whynn both of Upper Fort Road, were jointly charged on Monday with murder. Immediately following the incident, they were…

Two Charged with Jeffers Murder

Source: Antigua Observer Raeleen Whynn Clarence Ira Thomas Police have so far charged two people in connection with the murder of 31yr-old Kemmoy Jeffers of Fort Road. Clarence Ira Thomas, 63 and 29yr-old Raeleen Whynn both of Upper Fort Road, were jointly charged on Monday with murder. Immediately following the incident, they were…

James helps Cleveland into second round

Source: Antigua Observer LeBron James scored 45 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers and into the second round of the NBA play-offs. The 33-year-old, who has won three NBA Championships, faced elimination in the first round for the first time. But he produced his third…

Ovals crumble, Flyers secure top spot

Source: Antigua Observer Former champions, F and G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays suffered their second loss of the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division one league on Sunday as they fell to LJ Northside Stingerz, 67-63. The Ojays dominated the first half and left little to no doubt that they would wrap…

Benna Girls top Group D

Source: Antigua Observer The Women’s Senior football team, the Benna Girls, topped Group D in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Qualifiers over the weekend. The Benna Girls, after defeating Curacao 2-1 on Friday night at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket stadium, trounced Guadeloupe 3-0 on Sunday to sail to an untouchable six…

Sports awards pushed to June, minister confirms

Source: Antigua Observer The Vita Malt sponsored National Sports Awards is now scheduled for June of this year. This is according to Minister of Sports Daryll Matthew who was at the time unable to give an exact date but highlighted the pressing need to host the annual award event celebrating the achievements of…

BPM retains council seat after by-election today

Source: Antigua Observer The Barbuda People’s Movement now controls five of nine elected seats on the Barbuda Council, while its leader is the member of parliament. This, after the by-election today which ended with Calsey Beazer of the BPM securing the most votes. Beazer, 29, won in all three polling boxes and after…

Voting process going well for Barbuda by-election

Source: Antigua Observer There’s a steady turnout of voters for the by-election for the ninth seat on the Barbuda Council. This is according to Vernest Mack, the Returning Officer managing the election on the sister-isle where, as of April, there were nearly 12 hundred registered electors. Mack says voting commenced promptly at 7…

Major Drug Bust at Airport

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police made another major drugs Seizure at the V.C Bird International Airport on Friday. Sniffer dogs came across a blue barrel inside the Customs Bonded Warehouse and alerted their handlers. The barrel was searched and seven tightly wrapped packages of Cannabis, weighing 109 pounds were found concealed inside. The shipment…

Fort Road Man Wanted for Murder

Source: Antigua Chronicle Earlsfield James of Penny Lane Upper Fort Road is wanted in connection of allegations of Murder. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Police are conducting investigations into the circumstances that caused the death of 31 year old Kemmoy Jeffers of Fort Road. Jeffers’ body was discovered around 11 pm on Friday lying on the ground,…

Moving for the by-election

Source: Antigua Observer Barbudans are returning home in droves up to this morning as the island gets ready to vote in a by-election to fill the ninth seat on the Barbuda Council. So far, two vessels are now preparing to leave Antigua where many Barbudans have been residing since hurricane Irma slammed the…

Protesters lauded for legislative participation

Source: Antigua Observer Public healthcare workers, Barbudans, and all concerned citizens are being praised for their “participation,” in Parliament that resulted in changes being made to a Bill that was later passed. Last week, two contentious Bills attracted residents and stakeholders, and they crammed into the nation’s Parliament to protest the Mount St.…

Cricket league to hold All-Star game for men in Jamaica

Source: Antigua Observer The Mandy Premier League (MPL) will join a number of other sporting bodies and execs in raising funds for Derrick “Pretty-boy” Edwards and Danny Benjamin who both face drug charges in Jamaica. Edwards and Benjamin, were arrested last month after less than 4 pounds of cannabis were found in a…

Wanted in connection with murder

Source: Antigua Observer Earlsfield James of Penny Lane, Upper Fort Road is wanted in connection to murder and the police just issued a bulletin to that effect.   James, a Dominican national,  is wanted in connection with the alleged murder of Kemmoy Jeffers of Fort Road.   The police are asking anyone with…

Editorial: The cost of water in our lives

Source: Antigua Observer We were happy to hear the newly-appointed Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, Dean Jonas, say that he is making the reduction of the cost of water available to farmers a top priority.  For years, farmers have cried out for assistance in this area, and for as many years…

Another Airport Drug Bust

Source: Antigua Observer Police made another major drugs Seizure at V.C Bird International Airport on Friday. Sniffer dogs came across a blue barrel inside Customs Bonded Warehouse and alerted its handlers. The barrel was searched and seven tightly wrapped packages of Cannabis, weighing 109 pounds were found concealed inside. The shipment arrived from…

BREAKING NEWS – Third murder victim in two weeks

Source: Antigua Observer Police say they are investigating yet another homicide, this time of a man found dead at Fort Road. According to a release this morning, 31yr-old Kemmoy Jeffers of Fort Road is the victim. His body was discovered around 11:00 pm on Friday on the ground, near a house on Fort…

Antiguan film director to be honoured for excellence

Source: Antigua Observer An Antiguan photographer will be honoured at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California today. Bert Kirchner, father of underwater photographer, Shabier Kirchner,  said that his son has shone amongst his peers around the world. The proud father, who is Antigua’s ambassador at large and the film commissioner,…

Preparations continue for Barbuda Council by-election

Source: Antigua Observer Training has begun for the polling clerks and presiding officers ahead of the Barbuda Council by-election scheduled for April 30. Vernest Mack, the returning officer responsible for executing the election, said that she commenced training a total of 10 people who will be working under her leadership at the election…

Driver bailed in hit-and-run

Source: Antigua Observer The medical student who turned himself into police after last Sunday’s hit-and-run on Sir George Walter Highway has been granted bail. Chirjeet Singh Biring appeared in Traffic Court on Thursday charged with dangerous driving and failing to report last Sunday’s near-fatal hit-and-run. Biring was granted bail in the sum of…

Tabor calls out PM

Source: Antigua Observer Opposition Senator Damani Tabor, is calling out Prime Minister Gaston Browne, for attacking Trevor Walker for shedding tears in Parliament. Walker, who is the member of Parliament for Barbuda, was moved to tears while he was debating the Bill to repeal the Barbuda Land Act on Tuesday. The prime minister…

Police seize 40 pounds of Cannabis at Deep Water Harbour

Source: Antigua Observer Forty pounds of cannabis, which carries an estimated wholesale value of $160,000, were seized by police at Deep Water Harbour on Friday. Police K-9 and Narcotics officers were conducting a routine check inside the warehouse, when one of the sniffer dogs detected drugs hidden inside a barrel. A detailed search…

Antigua Represented at the 11th Commonwealth Youth Forum in London

Source: Antigua Chronicle The recently-held Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London was not only inundated with high level meetings and bilateral meetings, but also saw proactive and engaging Youth-Focused meetings and concrete action plans. Antigua’s Youth presence was felt during the Commonwealth HOG when President of the National Youth Council of Antigua…

Guyana develops new variety of rice

Source: Antigua Observer Guyana says it has developed a new variety of rice that could result in the industry benefitting significantly in the future. Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has described the new paddy variety, “GRDB 15”, as another step in the evolution of the country’s rice industry. “GRDB 15” is a high yielding…

Commonwealth Secretary General visiting Caribbean ahead of hurricane season

Source: Antigua Observer Commonwealth Secretary General Dame Patricia Scotland has arrived here for talks with regional leaders exploring the London-based Secretariat’s role in minimising the impact of extreme weather events as the region prepares for the 2018 hurricane season. “The threat of life-changing, economy-decimating, apocalyptic storms and hurricanes is beginning to cast a…

BVI seeks CARIFORUM membership

Source: Antigua Observer The British Virgin Islands (BVI) says it has been assured that the British Overseas Territory is eligible for associate membership within the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM). CARIFORUM, which includes the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping and the Dominican Republic is tasked with engaging in policy dialogue with the European Union (EU).…

Yearwood elated over launch of new service

Source: Antigua Observer Minister of Public Utilities, Sir Robin Yearwood commended the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), mainly the INET branch, on the launch of its 4G LTE service yesterday. The 4G LTE Advanced Mobile Service offers mobile, home internet, business internet and voice services at a faster speed. Yearwood, in congratulating the…

Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial

Source: Antigua Observer US comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, each of which carries a potential 10 years in prison. The actor, 80, has been on trial for drugging and assaulting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby, the first major black actor on primetime TV,…

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA GOVERNMENT CHALLENGES US REPORT

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has written to the U.S. State Department, through its Embassy in Washington, pointing out glaring misrepresentations in the Department’s 2017 Human Rights Report as it relates to Antigua and Barbuda. The Government informs that, “while it is not normal to release the content of…

MEDICAL STUDENT IN HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT CHARGED

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police on Wednesday, charged 24 year old Chirjeet Singh Biring in Sunday’s hit and run traffic accident on Sir George Walter Highway. Biring, a medical student residing at Utopia Park Apartments on Sir George Walter Highway, was charged with Dangerous Driving and Failing To Report A Traffic Accident. He is…

Richard Branson supports the fight against frozen pensions

Source: Antigua Observer About 4 percent of pensioners receiving a pension from the British Government have it frozen at the time of receipt and never receive an increase whereas, the other 96 percent of pensioners receive an increase every year.  Most of these frozen pensioners live in the Commonwealth and many live in…

Press Release: Suspect in Hit & Run Accident Charged

Source: Antigua Observer Police on Wednesday, charged 24yr-old Chirjeet Singh Biring in Sunday’s hit and run traffic accident on Sir George Walter Highway. Biring, a medical student residing at Utopia Park Apartments on Sir George Walter Highway, was charged with dangerous driving and failing to report a traffic accident. He is alleged to…

PM Browne expresses sadness following Canada killings

Source: Antigua Chronicle Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has written to Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau expressing sadness over the killing of ten persons and the injuring of fourteen others during a van attack by an assailant. On Tuesday, Canadian police in Toronto charged the man accused of plowing into pedestrians with…

Festivals Commission Tweaks new Carnival Schedule

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission has tweaked its 2018 carnival schedule which was released last weekend.  The new scheduled was released on Saturday at the launch of Carnival 2018 on Independence Avenue following a series of consultations which began in 2016. During a meeting that included Minister for Festivals the Hon.…

Windies open World Cup quest against Pakistan

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – Two-time winners West Indies will open their 2019 World Cup campaign against nemeses Pakistan, in their bid for a third title in the International Cricket Council’s premier 50-overs showpiece. While the world governing body is set to officially unveil the full schedule of the event on Thursday, the…

Invincible Stars remain perfect

Source: Antigua Observer Invincible Stars continue to live up to their name as they remain undefeated in the A Division of the Antigua and Barbuda Netball Association (ABNA) league. The powerhouse team defeated Running Rebelz, 43-35 on Tuesday night at the YMCA Sports Complex to sit at the top of the 6-team standings…

Wenger: Timing of Arsenal departure ‘not really my decision’

Source: Antigua Observer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the timing of his departure from the club after nearly 22 years “was not really my decision.” It was announced on Friday that the 68-year-old Frenchman will leave the club at the end of the season, despite having a year left on his contract. Speaking before Thursday’s Europa…

CWI set for talks with exiled quartet

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Cricket West Indies chief executive, Johnny Grave, plans to meet with a quartet of exiled players following the Indian Premier League, in an attempt to clear up the uncertainty surrounding their availability. Neither Darren Bravo, older brother Dwayne, Sunil Narine nor Kieron Pollard have…

Fire in Yorks

Source: Antigua Observer A fire at Yorks is occupying the St. John’s Fire Department. Residents said it was an unoccupied house. More details to come. Link: Fire in Yorks

Multiple Drug Busts at Airport

Source: Antigua Observer Law Enforcement and Security Officials seized an estimated $256,000 dollars’ worth of Cannabis at V.C Bird International Airport on Tuesday.  Police Officers attached to Narcotics and K-9 Unit, along with Customs and Airport Security Officers conducted two separate operations at Customs Bonded Warehouse with the aid of the sniffer dogs,…

Antigua and Barbuda Seeks Technical Assistance From India

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda is seeking technical assistance from India noting that over the years the Indian Government has been helpful to this Caribbean state particularly in the areas of health and the management of public finance. The request was made Tuesday by Investment and Trade Minister, Hon. Asot Michael, during…

Festivals Commission Tweaks new Carnival Schedule

Source: Antigua Observer JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 25th April 2018…….The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission has tweaked its 2018 carnival schedule which was released last weekend.  The new scheduled was releasedon Saturday at the launch of Carnival 2018 on Independence Avenue following a series of consultations which began in 2016. During a meeting that…

Hospitalised hit and run victim improving

Source: Antigua Observer The victim of Sunday morning’s hit and run is reportedly in stable condition after being admitted to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre with life-threatening injuries. Family members of Garvin Crump told OBSERVER media that the 41-year-old has been removed from the Intensive Care Unit to another ward. The relatives…

Ambris claims SVG top sports honour

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Test batsman Sunil Ambris has been crowned St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ senior male Sports Personality-of-the-Year. The 25-year-old beat out challenges from fellow Windies player Kesrick Williams, footballer Myron Samuel and long distance runner Junior Ashton, to claim the honour at the National Sports Awards last…

MSJMC Bill wording corrected and passed in the Lower House

Source: Antigua Observer The Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed in the Lower House late yesterday after changes were made to certain words that created widespread concern among nurses about being made redundant, causing them to protest outside of Parliament prior to the debate. The wording changes relate to…

Sharapova loses to Caroline Garcia at Stuttgart Open

Source: Antigua Observer Maria Sharapova will drop out of the world’s top 50 after losing four matches in a row for only the second time in her career. The five-time Grand Slam champion, 31, was beaten 3-6 7-6 (7-6) 6-4 by French world number seven Caroline Garcia at the Stuttgart Open in Germany.…

Protest outside parliament over controversial Bills

Source: Antigua Observer Nurses, Barbudans, members of the opposition and other residents joined in protest over government’s decision to make changes to the Barbuda Land Act and the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre Act, 2009. The action took place outside the Parliament building this morning as the MPs prepared to debate the changes…

Protests over controversial Bills before Parliament

Source: Antigua Observer Barbudans and Nurses protested outside Parliament this morning before many of them decided to enter the building to hear how the government MPs plan to proceed with the plan to repeal the Barbuda Land Act and proposed amendments to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre Act 2009 through the 2018…

Richards Jr propels Freetown to Parish League title

Source: Antigua Observer An all-round performance from former national and Leeward Islands player, Austin Richards Jr., guided Freetown to a five-wicket victory over Police in the finals of the Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB)/Sir Curtly Ambrose Parish League One Day Cricket Competition over the weekend. Playing in Pigotts, Police was first to occupy the…

Top-ranked Rashid Khan for Hurricane Relief T20

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – World number one Twenty20 bowler Rashid Khan is among three more players confirming their participation for the ICC World XI in the Hurricane Relief match against West Indies at Lord’s next month. The 19-year-old Afghanistan star, who helped propel his side to the capture of the ICC…

Gatlin, Bowie make headlines with impressive wins

Source: Antigua Observer ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Reigning World champion American Justin Gatlin opened his 100 metres season with a victory at the Grenada Invitational on Saturday, making up for his absence last year because of injury. The 36-year-old was timed at 10.05 seconds in winning the marquee event at the Kirani…

Steelers silence the critics

Source: Antigua Observer Newbies Potters Steelers silenced the critics on Sunday night in the first Division of the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) league as they defeated LJ Northside Stingerz, 89-80 at the JSC Sports Complex. Steelers laid to rest the remarks made by captain of the Baldwin Braves, Lennox “Termite” McCoy,…

EDITORIAL: These things take time

Source: Antigua Observer The minister responsible for the prison, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, has stated that there is only one solution to the situation at the prison and that is to build a new prison, and that “will not happen in six months.” We understand that the long term solution to the prison situation…

Robinson to take the PSC to court

Source: Antigua Observer The suspension of Police Commissioner, Wendel Robinson is heading to the High Court, according to one of his attorneys, Sir Richard Cheltenham. The lawyer says the Police Service Commission met the April 20th deadline for responding to demands for reinstatement, but the answers were not in Robinson’s favour… And he…

Officer accused of sex crimes remanded

Source: Antigua Observer The police officer accused of impregnating a minor, has been suspended with immediate effect. Senior police sources have confirmed this for OBSERVER media. The 48-year-old officer is due to appear in court today, charged with unlawful carnal knowledge and serious indecency. Each offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years…

EU to check on money laundering moves in Malta, journalist’s murder

Source: Antigua Observer BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s justice commissioner said on Monday she will visit Malta in the coming weeks to look at its anti-money laundering moves and check on how an investigation is going into the murder of an investigative journalist. European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans (not pictured) and European…

Kyle Christian Wins Wadadli Pen 2018

Source: Antigua Chronicle Kyle Christian, 28, author of ‘Creak’, is the winner of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Winner Take All Historical Fiction/Poetry 2018 Challenge. He’s pocketed almost EC$3000 – thanks to contributions from Art. Culture. Antigua, Carol Mitchell, Frank B. Armstrong, International Women’s Club of Antigua-Barbuda, Juneth Webson, Pam Arthurton, and one…

Prime Minister and Foreign Minister attend High Commission’s Barbuda Donors Appreciation Reception

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration E.P. Chet Greene and the Honourable Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal, Maria Browne, met with donors who have contributed to the High Commission’s Rebuild Barbuda initiative. The appreciation…

Prisoners, prison staff must endure harsh conditions longer

Source: Antigua Observer Harsh conditions will continue to prevail at Her Majesty’s Prison on Coronation Road as the minister responsible for prison, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said the only solution is to build a new prison, and this “will not happen in six months.” Yesterday, he told OBSERVER media “these things take time” and…

Nurses want gov’t to hold off on legislative changes

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Nurses association is urging the government to pull back planned legislative changes that it says would trample the rights of workers at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. But the association’s president is warning that in the absence of commonsense prevailing, her organization will mount a…

UK man rescued at sea

Source: Antigua Observer A United Kingdom man is now safe in Antigua after being rescued at sea yesterday afternoon approximately four miles south of Antigua. The Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue responded to the man’s mayday call, with the Director Jonathan Cornelius saying his team was on the scene within roughly an…

Child poisoning reports on the rise

Source: Antigua Observer There has been a noticeable increase in the number cases of child poisoning being brought to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. That is according to the hospital’s Marketing and Communications Head, Salma Crump. Our newsroom reached out to her after her department contacted OBSERVER Radio to put together a…

Twenty-four people honoured at National Youth Awards

Source: Antigua Observer Twenty four people  were honoured last evening for their contributions to national development. They included the youth and adults in both public and private sectors. Sylvin Farrell was awarded for contributions to arts and culture, while the young pioneering award went to N’kenge Drew, Sven James, Devin Jeffrey and Ashton…

Human Rights Report laments prison conditions, corruption

Source: Antigua Observer Bribery and corruption are still rampant among staff at Her Majesty’s Prison. That’s according to the ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 2017 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT which was prepared by the U.S. Department of State and published this week. The reports states that the superintendent of prisons, Albert Wade, reported the bribery and…

An act of disrespect – Tabor

Source: Antigua Observer “We look at it as an act of disrespect and incompetence…the recipient of the award has not even received any official communication.” That was the response of Senator Damani Tabor to the government’s announcement that it intends to name a sports complex and community centre in honour of former prime…

Man jailed for stealing from eye doctor

Source: Antigua Observer Shastri Lopez has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for breaking into and stealing from Dr. Alvin Edwards’ home last September. The convicted man pleaded guilty before All Saints Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel when the prosecution called the case for trial this week. Lopez admitted that on September 3, he…

New BoE chairperson appointed

Source: Antigua Observer The Board of Education has a new chairperson. Head of the Undergrad Department at the Antigua State College, Denise Gardiner was recently appointed to the post. Gardiner told OBSERVER media that her initial appointment is for two years and she will meet with the board for the first on Tuesday.…

Sensitization Workshop For Small Businesses

Source: Antigua Chronicle Two departments within the Ministry of Investments and Trade are combining efforts to mount a one-day workshop for small business owners aimed at sensitizing them to procedures to access funding through the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s Direct Grant Assistance Scheme. The workshop is a follow-up to one held earlier this…

Government Mulls Ways To Revitalize Lee Wind Paints

Source: Antigua Chronicle Several paints manufacturers which already have footprints in the Caribbean, have expressed interest in investing in the locally-owned Lee Wind Paints (1974) Ltd., where the government is the largest shareholder. The disclosure comes from Investment and Trade Minister, Hon. Asot Michael, during a meeting with the Board of Directors and…

Barbuda By-Election Candidates Announced – Youthful Candidates

Source: Antigua Chronicle The following persons were duly nominated in Barbuda today and will contest the by-election, which will take place on the sister island on April 30th 2018.   Name   Occupation Political Party Calsey Beazer Educator Barbuda People’s Movement Ricardo Nedd Student Antigua Babuda Labour Party (ABLP) Primrose Thomas Waitress The…

House arrest lifted for football officials

Source: Antigua Observer Football officials, Derrick “Pretty boy” Edwards and Danny Benjamin, who are in Jamaica before the court on drug charges, had their house arrest lifted this week. Both men were arrested in Jamaica on March 26 at the Norman Manley International Airport after 3.5 pounds of marijuana was found in the…

Grays Green Community Centre to be named after Baldwin Spencer

Source: Antigua Observer The sports complex and community centre currently under construction at Knuckle Block in Green Bay will be named after former Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer. The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda said the facility will be named the Baldwin Spencer Sports Complex, in honour of Spencer’s 29 years of service to…

Gov’t vehicles audit to reduce abuse

Source: Antigua Observer “The Ministry will be taking aggressive action against instances where public sector vehicles are misused or abused.” Clarence E. Pilgrim, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works warned in a press release yesterday. Pilgrim is chairman of the Vehicles Use and Management Policy Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Public…

No more house arrest for accused football officials

Source: Antigua Observer The two Antiguan football officials who are before the court in Jamaica on drug charges are no longer under house arrest. Assistant Coach of the Antigua and Barbuda National Football Team, Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, and Equipment manager, Danny Benjamin, now have a little more freedom. On Wednesday, a judge…

Cuba gets ready to elect a new President

Source: Antigua Observer Cuba’s Parliament is certain to pick a 57-year-old electrical engineer to guide the Caribbean country into a new era following the decision of 86-year-old Raúl Castro, to bring to an end the Castro’s family’s decades-long rule of the island. In 2006, Raul Castro had taken over leadership of the country…

New Sports Complex to be named after a former prime minister

Source: Antigua Observer ‘The Baldwin Spencer Sports Complex’ is the name to be given to the sports complex currently under construction at Knuckle Block, Perry Bay. This was decided yesterday at the meeting of Cabinet, and disclosed last night by government Chief of Staff, Lionel Hurst. The complex is currently under construction next…

Parish League finalists decided

Source: Antigua Observer Police and Freetown will clash in the finals of the Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB) Sir Curtly Ambrose 35 Overs cricket competition on Saturday, after they both recently picked up impressive victories in the semifinals. The finals, which is slated for the Pigotts playing field, will start at 1 p.m. with…

Williams bows out in first round

Source: Antigua Observer National tennis player, Cordell Williams Jr. bowed out of the ongoing International Tennis Federation (ITF) Under-18 CO Williams Barbados Jr. International earlier this week. Williams Jr., who is the son of Cordell Williams Sr. President of the Antigua and Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA), gained direct entry into the main draw.…

Congo FA boss held over corruption

Source: Antigua Observer The president of the Congo Football Association (Fecofa), Constant Omari has been taken into custody as part of a probe into embezzlement. His detention was confirmed on Wednesday by an investigating magistrate. Omari, who is also on the FIFA Council and a vice-president with the Confederation of African Football, is being held…

Breaking: Officer in custody for alleged sex crime

Source: Antigua Observer A police officer is being accused of having sex with an underage girl who is now pregnant. The girl is 15 and the laws of Antigua and Barbuda say it is an offence to have sex with a female under the age of 16. Unless convicted, the officer’s name cannot…

More illegal drugs found at the airport

Source: Antigua Observer A FedEx package containing $8,000 worth in marijuana was discovered at the V.C.Bird International Airport this afternoon. Officers attached to the Narcotics department and K-9 Unit made the discovery during a routine check of the Customs Bonded Warehouse at about 4.30 p.m. The cannabis was stashed in two vacuum-sealed packages…

Antigua’s Carnival 2018 set to launch this weekend

Source: Antigua Chronicle “Revel in Greatness”, the theme for this year’s Carnival celebration will be unveiled by the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission (ABFC) at the Official Launch of the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival, this weekend. Commencing promptly at 2:00 PM on Saturday 21st, the city will come alive with the sweet sounds…

Police Probe Bishopgate Street Homicide

Source: Antigua Observer Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Samuel Emmanuel Joseph aka “JB” of Bishopgate Street. Joseph’s body was discovered at the back of a welding shop on Bishopgate Street around 11am on Wednesday. He was found lying face down on the ground, with both hands bound behind…

BREAKING NEWS: STRANGLED BODY FOUND ON Bishopgate STREET

Source: Antigua Chronicle For the second time in one week, a dead body has been discovered in the St. John’s vicinity. This time, on Bishopgate Street. According to reports, the body was discovered early this morning with the limbs bounded. Reports further claim that the body appeared to be strangled. This discovery was made…

DROUGHT CONCERNS IN PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN

Source: Antigua Chronicle In its latest Drought Bulletin for April 2018, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) reported concerns over long-term and short-term drought in several Caribbean islands. The assessment for Cuba and Antigua prompted the CPDMN to state that “water resources should be monitored for long-term drought that can affect…

Second killing in as many days, body tied up

Source: Antigua Observer The police are probing the killing of a man whose body was found tied up in a shop on Bishopgate Street this morning. The man also appeared to have been strangled, a witness on the scene said. This comes just days after a body was found tied up in an…

Earthquake Rocks Antigua and Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda was rocked by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake on Tuesday afternoon around 4:26 pm. Information from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad says the quake was located latitude 16.947 North and longitude 61.819 West at a depth of 21.43 kilometres. Reports are that the quake was felt…

Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez warns of “false, sinister and dangerous” forces

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister, Charles Fernandez, has rejected claims by two convicted money launderers, Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner on Internet blogsites, as “false, sinister and dangerous”. Fernandez is the latest target of a sustained campaign against the Antigua and Barbuda government and its ministers, joining previous attacks…

Windies back to full strength for Hurricane Relief T20

Source: Antigua Observer West Indies will be at full strength for next month’s hurricane relief Twenty20 International against a Rest of the World XI in London. Captain Carlos Brathwaite, along with the likes of superstar Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Evin Lewis, were on Tuesday named in a 13-man squad for the May…

Rockersville hand Coolers their first loss

Source: Antigua Observer Harold Lovell Rockersville pulled off a big upset on Monday night at the JSC Sports Complex as they handed frontrunners, Ottos Coolers their first loss of the season in their Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division 2 encounter. Rockersville, who were led by former national player, Walton “Bundy” Christian…

Cricket association commits to assisting football officials

Source: Antigua Observer At least one sporting association has offered assistance to two football officials under house arrest in Jamaica, after the men were charged in connection with a quantity of marijuana found in one of the equipment bags. President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney, made the announcement…

Netball Boss Pleased After 10-Year Hiatus

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua and Barbuda Netball Association (ABNA) and former national player, Karen Joseph is heartened by the support the game has received since the reintroduction of a national league this year. The sport, which has been dormant for about 10 years, played its first official league match in…

EDITORIAL : A plan for tourism

Source: Antigua Observer The revelation that there was a only a small increase in visitor arrivals to our bit of paradise during the winter season, pales in comparison to the associated news that bookings for the summer season are slow at this time. The news came from Alex DeBrito, Chairman of the Antigua…

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

Source: Antigua Observer Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92. She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush. Mrs Bush, who was first lady from 1989 to…

Editorial: More than one big deal

Source: Antigua Observer All eyes are on the police force and Prime Minister Gaston Browne who has since weighed in on the passport matter involving Assistant Superintendent Ray John and the alleged passport documents that were discovered in St. Vincent.  According to the PM, the entire matter smacks of “mischief” and he is…

Police probe Point killing

Source: Antigua Observer A suspected murder in North Street, Point, is occupying the attention of the Homicide Unit, and investigators are appealing to the public for help to solve the case. Carlton “Pum Pum” Charles’ decomposing body was found Sunday afternoon with his hands bound behind his back and his feet tied together.…

Potential opportunities for locals in medical marijuana

Source: Antigua Observer Antiguans and Barbudans who are desirous of pursuing a career in pharmacology will soon have the opportunity to pursue studies in the field, as the government prepares to embark on the medical marijuana industry. Government’s chief of staff, Lionel Hurst, in an exclusive interview with OBSERVER media yesterday, explained that…

DNA Leader calls on Prime Minister to repeal CIP

Source: Antigua Observer Leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), Joanne Massiah has called on the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and leader of the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), Gaston Browne to repeal the Citizenship by Investment Act and stop the “selling” of Antigua and Barbuda passports. Massiah, who spoke exclusively…

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